Pink pineapple embroidery | Hello! Hooray!

Pink pineapple embroidery

I love pineapples and they’re everywhere right now. Sadly, I’m allergic to real pineapples, but that doesn’t stop me from stitching one! I spotted this project in last month’s Mollie Makes (issue 55), which was designed by Catherine Greenslade, and knew that I’d have to have a go at making it. The original project uses golds and oranges for the pineapple, but having seen pink pineapples on Columbia Road a few weeks ago, I decided to make mineΒ with a twist!

 

Pink pineapples!| Hello! Hooray!

 

These are the pineapples that were the inspiration for the adaptation of this project. I had wondered about trying to stitch the pink to cream to green shading on the leaves, but to be honest it was just a bit too small to be able to do that, and I like the contrast of the greens and pinks on the final project.

 

Pink pineapple embroidery | Hello! Hooray!

 

Materials

 

If you’d like to stitch your own you’ll need to download the templates from Mollie Makes, and then enlarge it to 150%. You will also need:

 

A needle and small sharp scissors

An air erasable pen

White fabric

An 8 x 12″ oval embroidery hoop – I got mine here

Paint and paintbrush (optional)

 

The thread I used is Anchor thread in the following colours, and you’ll need 1 skein of each:

 

Shade 1 = 59

Shade 2 = 57

Shade 3 = 54

Shade 4 = 52

Shade 5 = 50

Shade 6 = 257

Shade 7 = 255

Shade 8 = 258

Shade 9 = 254

 

Shades 1-5 are pinks, and 6-9 are greens (refer to template for shade numbers and placement).

 

Let’s get stitching!

 

Pink pineapple embroidery | Hello! Hooray!

 

I had to draw over the lines a few times as they kept disappearing faster than I was stitching, but that’s ok! You can outline the satin stitch on the pineapple if you wish (I didn’t bother with that). You’ll need to use 6 strands for the pinks and 3 for the greens, so separate these carefully.

 

Pink pineapple embroidery | Hello! Hooray!

 

I decided to paint my hoop to add a little colour, and I just picked up a tester pot of the ‘minted’ shade from Wilkinsons. Their tester pots are only Β£1 so I’m always getting them for new projects! This colour is nice and bright and gives good contrast with the pinks and greens of the stitching.

 

Pink pineapple embroidery | Hello! Hooray!

 

I’m so pleased with how my pink pineapple embroidery turned out. We’re going to hang it up in our hall πŸ™‚ This is because the pineapple is the symbol of welcome – that’s why you often see them on top of grand gateposts at the entrance to big country houses! Hope you’ve had a super weekend – have you been working on any craft projects?

 

2 Comments

  • Eleanor

    27.07.2015 at 07:42 Reply

    I did not know that about pineapples and welcomes. This is on my ‘to make’ list as well. I’m thinking of using blues to go with the grey of my hallways. Yours looks amazing and I love the photo of your inspiration – what a find!

    • Clare

      04.08.2015 at 16:12 Reply

      Ah, that will look brilliant with blues! Thank you so much for your kind comments about mine though, Eleanor! πŸ™‚

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